Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference

Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference:


Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference

I’m a big supporter of teachers making home visits (see The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits). Though I couldn’t make last month’s national home visit conference in Denver, several other staff and parents from our school did attend.
Carrie Rose, Executive Director of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project, agreed to write this report on the conference:
I believe the paradigm needs to be shifted in public schools, specifically schools serving the poor.
Less energy needs to be spent on complaining, or at best brainstorming, how
we teachers can get parents to step foot through our school doors. Instead, I challenge the
shift to start with first asking if we would step foot through the parents’ front door.
The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project makes such a shift possible for teachers.
Stephanie Smith, Oakridge Elementary School, Sacramento
When school districts are under fiscal and accountability pressures, family and community engagement is usually the first thing to go. Given dramatic reductions in funding for public education and given the upcoming election cycle where so much is at stake, these are challenging times for our colleagues across the country. In


Molly Munger’s (& PTA’s) Initiative Gets 28% Of CA Vote

I’ve previously posted my perspective/analysis on what I consider to be a disastrous alliance the California PTA made with billionaire Molly Munger to push a school tax initiative different from California Governor Brown’s Proposition. In that post, I suggested that Prop 38, the Munger/PTA initiative, would be lucky to get 40%. I made a dramatic over-estimate — it actually received less than 28% of the vote.
Happily, though, Governor Brown’s initiative passed and saved education in California……

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